Noncommunicable diseases and antimicrobial resistance pose as great a threat to the global economy as climate change and will not be contained unless the G20 group of governments make them a priority for finance as well as health ministers, a report warns. The G20 Health and Development Partnership — a coalition of business, academic and nongovernmental organisations — said in a report on Tuesday that health ministers alone could not tackle the crisis and that governments and finance ministers needed to “take ownership” of the problem, as they had with global warming. Deaths from noncommunicable conditions such as obesity and cancer are predicted to double by 2030, the report notes, while infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) are becoming resistant to antibiotics. TB is the world’s most lethal infectious disease, affecting 10-million people each year and killing 1.6-million. According to the World Bank, pandemics can destroy up to 1% of global GDP, comparable to the effect o...

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